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Queen’s Speech 2014

As the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2011 has fixed the date of the next General Election to be 7 May 2015, this year’s Queen’s Speech is due to be the final one of this parliament and of this coalition government.

The speech was made amid accusations that the coalition is now a ‘zombie government’, running a ‘zombie parliament’, and that it has run out of ideas. The fact that the 2014 Queen’s Speech contained only 11 new bills that will be presented to parliament (with a further three published in draft form for pre-legislative scrutiny) could be seen to strengthen this argument.

However, there are significant proposals this year on areas such as infrastructure, pensions, zero-hours contracts, ‘modern slavery’ and recall of MPs, with a further six bills carried over from the previous parliamentary session, including the High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Bill…

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